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Prince Harry's absence from a party honouring his late mother in London is a "missed opportunity" to repair the rift with, a royal author has claimed.
It's also "further confirmation" that "things are not great between the brothers" with William said to be still feeling hurt by Meghan's attack towards Kate, the, in the Oprah interview.
Thechose not to return to England for the gathering at Kensington Palace on October 19, after it was rescheduled from earlier this year due to coronavirus restrictions.
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It was expected to be attended by Prince William and some of Princess Diana's friends, former staff and Spencer family members.
The gathering, for 100 guests, was to thank donors who helped fund the, including Sir Elton John and David Furnish.
Duncan Larcombe, author of the 2017 book Prince Harry: The Inside Story says the Duke could have attended had he really wanted to.
"Obviously he lives a long way away now and we've still got travel restrictions but it's entirely possible for him to fly back to the UK, as he showed in July for the unveiling of the statue," Larcombe told
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"Both of Diana's sons should be there. Unfortunately, it's just further confirmation - not that another is needed - that things are not great between the brothers.
"If their mother's legacy can't bring them together then you do wonder what on earth can.
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"The reality is that Diana's memorial party is another opportunity missed for the two brothers to get together."
He also believes William remains annoyed at Harry for comments made by theto Oprah Winfrey in 2020.
In that interview, Meghan saidin the lead up to the royal wedding in 2018, and not the other way around.
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"William is understandably very protective of Kate," Larcombe said.
Meghan also claimed Kensington Palace refused to clear up a story involving her and Kate, calling it "the beginning of a real character assassination".
"She then accused Kate of briefing journalists against her, or at least not clarifying the truth of the story, when actually it's a very strong allegation to make publicly," Larcombe added.
"Between two members of the royal family it's almost unheard of. The only other royal who's done that is Diana when she was publicly attacking her husband."
Kate later sent Meghan flowers to apologise, the Duchess of Sussex said.
Recently, it emerged that Meghan laterafter the wedding as "an elegant peace offering".
Biographer Andrew Morton claims Meghan presented the bracelet to Kate after the alleged incident that took place during that bridesmaid dress fitting, which ended in tears.
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